This Spring… I assume it’s Spring, I saw a daffodil this morning… We have sourced some exciting new gins for you here at Bottle In A Box.

I’ve chosen two bottles to shine a spotlight on this week. Glasgow Gin from the Langley distillery and Leith Gin from the Gleann Spirit co. in Edinburgh.

 

Glasgow Gin, 46% ABV

glasgow gin and glass

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You’ve got to love the image that the Langley Distillery have chosen for the labelling of their Glasgow Gin. I’m not sure anything screams Glasgow more than the Duke of Wellington wearing a traffic cone. That statue will always bring a wee lump of nostalgia to my throat, as I was one of the annoying goth kids that hung about in front of the galleries every Saturday of the 90’s. Ahh… good times…

Glasgow gin is quadruple distilled from 100% wheat in a copper pot still the Langley Distillery have affectionately named Constance. They have incorporated 10 botanicals into Glasgow gin to produce a spirit that is light, yet complex and interesting. Juniper, angelica root, lemon peel, coriander seeds, orange zest, cassia bark, elderberries, orris root, nutmeg and cinnamon bark combine to provide a lovely balance between fruit and spice.

 

Tasting Notes

 

On The Nose: Red berry fruit with fresh herbaceous notes of basil and mint and a subtle perfume of elderflower.

On The Palate: Crisp green apple and citrus fruit flavours combine with floral notes of apple blossom and elderflower petal. There is a background hint of dessert spices, nutmeg and cinnamon.

On The Finish: Lengthy, smooth and clean with hints of summer berry and a fresh, citrusy sherbet lemon tang.

 

gin cocktails

As a perfect serve, Glasgow Gin recommend a “Gallus Burd” which sounds absolutely delicious:

 

* Fill a cocktail shaker with ice

* Add 25ml of Glasgow Gin

* Add 25ml of Elderflower Cordial

* Top up with 50ml of Cranberry Juice

* Shake and strain into a margarita glass of ice

* Garnish with a lime twist

 

gin soft drink cocktail

Then there’s “The GINger” which is a rather daunting combination of gin and Irn-Bru… When in Rome though eh?:

 

* Fill a Copa glass with ice

* Add 50ml Glasgow Gin

* Top up with 150ml of Irn-Bru

* Add a few drops of Angostura bitters to taste

* Stir and garnish with orange slices

 

Hmmm…. I’m not sure. I need a guinea pig…

Glasgow gin is fresh, fruity and light, Perfect for a G&T or mixing cocktails and, with it’s quirky bottle design, will make a bold statement in any drinks collection. As they say on the bottle, “It’s pure gallus!”

 

Leith Gin, 46% ABV

leith gin

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The Port of Leith has been importing and producing Gin since the 1700’s and the 10 botanicals used in this Gin have been sourced from around the globe as a nod to Leith Docks’ rich history as the gateway to trade with the rest of the world. Leith Gin is distilled from 100% pure grain. Juniper, lemon rind, orange peel, coriander, angelica root, cassia bark, orrisroot, cinnamon, nutmeg and liquorice root all intermingle to produce a fresh and citrusy spirit which embodies it’s maritime heritage.

Gleann Mor have referenced the nautical theme when designing the presentation for this gin. The deceptively dinky looking bottle (it comfortably holds the full 70cl) is frosted glass featuring a ship’s wheel suspended over water. The packaging is stylish, clean and looks very much the seafaring part. A smart addition to any drinks collection.

 

Tasting Notes

 

On The Nose: Lightly scented with fresh citrus and sweet juniper followed by earthy notes of coriander and warm liquorice.

On The Palate: Soft cinnamon and pepper spices balance well with herbaceous juniper, coriander, sweet fennel and a subtle lime zest twist. Refreshingly dry.

On the Finish: Clean, fresh and dry with citrusy background hints of lemon, lime and orange peel.

 

gin orange cocktail

As a perfect serve, a nice tall “Sunshine on Leith” will echo the bright citrus flavours of this gin beautifully:

 

* Fill a tall glass with ice

* Add 50ml of Leith Gin

* Add 50ml of Orange Juice

* Add 3 drops of Angostura Bitters

* Top up with Fever Tree Sicilian Lemonade

* Garnish with a slice of lemon

 

gin gimlet

Or for something even zestier, you could try the “Leith Gimlet”:

 

* Fill a cockail shaker with ice

* Add 75ml of Leith Gin

* Add 75ml of Fresh Lime Juice

* Add 35ml of Lime Cordial

* Shake and strain into a chilled margarita glass

* Garnish with a Maraschino cherry

 

This attractive maritime bottle would look great in any drinks cabinet. Clean, bright and packing so much citrus freshness it could keep scurvy at bay! Perfect for a dry G&T or as the base for zesty refreshing cocktails, this spirit is set to put Leith firmly back on the gin map.

 

So… I honestly don’t know who to crown champion of the battle of the Central Belt. It’s too close to call. Why don’t you give these fantastic new Gins a try and let us know who your winner is?

Chin Chin!